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Safety Showers & Eye Washes in the Laboratory

Safety Showers and Eye Washes in the Laboratory reviews the correct ways to use this equipment, and emphasizes the need for quick action after a chemical splash or spill. Employees may never need a safety shower or an eye wash… but if they do, knowing the proper procedures for using them can prevent serious injury, or possibly even save a life.

Topics covered in this program:
include operating safety showers and eye washes, working with hazardous materials, exposure to corrosive substances, testing eye wash and shower equipment, using showers and eye washes properly, and more.


Safe Handling of Laboratory Glassware

Safe Handling of Laboratory Glassware discusses the nature of various types of glassware, and the problems it can cause… as well as the need for employees to use and maintain laboratory glassware safely. Broken glassware causes more laboratory accidents than any other hazard. Because it is so fragile, glassware can easily fracture if it is bumped, dropped or too much pressure is applied to it. Some glassware accidents don’t require much more than a band-aid, while others can result in a lot of blood and the need for medical attention. And the threat of contamination from the materials in a broken container can also be a serious problem.

Topics covered in this program:
Include inspecting glassware before use, effects of extreme temperatures and pressures, matching glassware to the experiment, working with glass tubing, using personal protective equipment, storage and handling, washing and clean-up, and more.


Preventing Contamination in the Laboratory

Preventing Contamination in the Laboratory emphasizes the need to recognize situations that could lead to contamination, and discusses what can be done to prevent contamination from occurring. Handling hazardous chemicals and specimens requires a great deal of caution. If substances are not properly controlled, hazards can spread and contaminate other materials, work areas… even employees. With many laboratories using toxic, corrosive and carcinogenic chemicals, employees need to do all that they can to prevent contamination.

Topics covered in this program:
Include how contamination occurs, general preventative measures, engineering controls, safe work practices, personal protective equipment, and more.

 


Planning for Laboratory Emergencies

Planning for Laboratory Emergencies discusses how to minimize damage and prevent injuries if an emergency should occur. A caustic acid hose has just erupted…an experiment has shown unexpected reactions… what should employees do to deal with these and other emergencies? Employees need to know when and how they should act in an emergency situation.

Topics covered in this program:
Include the emergency plan, types of emergencies, alarms and warning systems, contacting outside agencies, evacuation, fires, explosions and chemical spills, and more.


OSHA Formaldehyde Standard

The OSHA Formaldehyde Standard provides training that is required by this standard, and focuses on the rules and procedures that the standard establishes for working with this potentially dangerous chemical. While Formaldehyde is used in many laboratory operations, it can be a serious health hazard. The results of mishandling Formaldehyde can be serious. They can range from the short-term discomfort associated with minor burns or skin irritation… to chronic effects from a lifetime of overexposure.

Topics covered in this program:
Include potential health hazards, testing for Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL), labeling and Safety Data Sheets, hoods and other ventilation systems, personal protective equipment, spill clean-up and decontamination procedures, first aid, the medical surveillance plan, and more.


Orientation to Laboratory Safety

Orientation to Laboratory Safety shows both new employees and seasoned veterans the importance of safety in the laboratory… as well as reviews the OSHA regulations and good safety practices that apply to the laboratory environment. A laboratory can be a dangerous place, and with the daily pressures to get things done, employees can be tempted to take shortcuts and ignore safety precautions. With the increasing complexity of the equipment and procedures involved in experiments, employees need an even greater knowledge of safety practices and procedures than they may have had in the past.

Topics covered in this program:
Include OSHA regulations, GHS Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), planning safe experiments, personal protective equipment, ventilation controls, chemical storage, accidents and emergencies, waste disposal, and more.

 


Laboratory Hoods

Laboratory Hoods emphasizes how to properly use laboratory hoods and how to test them to ensure correct functioning… as well as discusses how hoods can protect an experiment, the facility, and most importantly, the employee. Many of the materials used in laboratories give off fumes, mists, vapors, particulates or aerosols which are hazardous. To minimize exposure to these materials, special precautions need to be taken. This often means working within a hood.

Topics covered in this program:
Include why laboratory hoods are needed, protections afforded by hoods, how hoods function mechanically, proper use of laboratory hoods, testing and maintenance, and more.


Laboratory Ergonomics

Laboratory Ergonomics discusses the need to set up work areas correctly, as well as how to minimize the strain of using laboratory equipment, tools and instruments. Many activities in the laboratory can exert stress and strain on muscles and joints… ultimately causing significant injuries. To work safely and maintain good ergonomic health, employees need to know how to avoid movements and work patterns that can be harmful.

Topics covered in this program:
Include parts of the body most susceptible to ergonomic problems, arranging work areas to minimize stress and strain, working from neutral positions, most and least stressful types of body movements, proper lifting techniques, effective stretching exercises, and more.


Handling Compressed Gas Cylinders in the Laboratory

Handling Compressed Gas Cylinders in the Laboratory examines how gas cylinders work, the hazards that are associated with them and the need for caution when using or storing a cylinder. The energy possessed by a compressed gas cylinder can make it a virtual missile if it is not handled with the utmost care. And a leaking cylinder or fitting can lead to asphyxiation, a fire or even an explosion. Since compressed gas cylinders are frequently used in many laboratories, employees need to be familiar with the precautions that should be taken when dealing with them. Areas covered in the course include the four ways to compress gases, hazards associated with compressed gases, proper storage procedures, marking and labeling, handling cylinders safely, connections and fittings, leak detection, and more.


GHS Safety Data Sheets in the Laboratory

GHS Safety Data Sheets in the Laboratory reviews the composition of GHS Safety Data Sheets, the information that’s contained in each section and how SDS’s are different from Material Safety Data Sheets. Created specifically to assist facilities in complying with the employee training requirements of OSHA’s newly adopted GHS regulations, this course discusses how chemicals should be labeled under GHS.

Topics covered in the program:
Include Material Safety Data Sheets and GHS SDS’s, materials and their hazards, hazardous materials emergencies, handling hazardous materials and more.